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 How to find the latest drivers for an ATI graphics card

Last Updates: 17.09.2010
Article Number: GPU-56

This article provides instructions on how to obtain the latest drivers for ATI graphics cards using AMD’s Graphics Drivers & Software utility

The reasons for installing the latest drivers for a graphics card are:

  • To increase functionality / performance through patches included in the drivers to resolve known display issues, performance issues and error messages
  • To enable compatibility of newly released computer hardware and / or applications through updates included in the drivers
  • To improve usability by enabling new and  / or fixing existing features

Instructions:
To obtain the latest drivers for an ATI graphics card, follow these steps:

  1. Before getting started, ensure that you know the model of your graphics card. It will come in handy for the next steps in the process. Refer to Article GPU-55 for information on how to identify your graphics card
  2. Visit AMD’s Graphics Drivers & Software page
  3. Select the type of system that you have:
    1. Desktop Graphics: Graphics cards intended for / commonly used to build a home system. The ATI Radeon™, ATI Radeon HD and ATI Rage™ series graphics cards are examples of products used in a home system
    2. Notebook Graphics: Graphics cards commonly used to build notebook systems. The ATI Mobility Radeon HD series graphics cards are examples of products used in a notebook system
    3. TV Tuner Products: Internal/external devices which allow desktop computers and notebook products to receive OTA  broadcast video and HDTV content. These products also allow the user to watch, pause, rewind and schedule recordings of TV content. The  ATI TV Wonder HD 650 and The ATI TV Wonder HD 650 are examples of TV Tuner products
    4. Workstation Graphics: Graphics cards intended for / commonly used to build a business system. Designed  for use in the Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and simulation markets.  ATI FirePro™, FireGL™ and FireM™ are examples of products used in a workstation system
    5. Integrated Motherboard Graphics: A Graphics component which is integrated into the motherboard of a computer system. Generally shares RAM with the system, rather than having dedicated memory on the video device itself. Allows the delivery of lower cost computer systems. The ATI Radeon HD3200 and the Radeon Xpress™ 1150 series are examples of integrated motherboard graphics
    6. Embedded Graphics: Graphics producsts with the performance of desktop graphics for embedded applications. The ATI Radeon E4690 and the ATI Radeon E2400 are examples of embedded graphics products
    7. Mac Graphics: Graphics cards intended for use in computer systems built by Apple. The ATI Radeon HD 3870 MAC edition is one example.
  4. Select the product family your product belongs to
    1. Note! When selecting the series, find the best match for your graphics card. For example, if you have an ATI Radeon™ HD 5750, the appropriate Product Family to select would be ATI Radeon HD series
  5. Select your product
    1. Note! Drivers provided by AMD can be applicable to more than one product and are therefore matched to a series of graphics cards
    2. Either choose your specific product from the dropdown list (if available) or select the series in which your product belongs to
      1. If selecting the series, find the best match for your graphics card. For example, if you have an ATI Radeon HD 5750, the appropriate Product Model to select would be Radeon HD 5xxx series or ATI Radeon HD 5000 series
    3. If applicable, ensure the proper bus type is chosen, i.e. PCIe or AGP
  6. Select the operating system installed on your system

  7. Note! If the desired graphics product is not listed:
    1. The driver may not be available or supported for the operating system and / or product make selected
    2. For further support:
      1. Use the original driver installation disc provided with the graphics card or
      2. Contact the graphics product manufacturer
  8. Select Display Results
  9. The download options offered will vary depending upon the selection made in the previous step
    1. As an example, the following is provided for ATI Radeon™ series of products:
      1. A table that lists details about the download package,  what it includes and a link to download the driver
      2. A link to previous drivers & software at the bottom, or on the right-hand side of the page
      3. Note! Not all previous driver versions are provided for every product
      4. A link to driver release notes at the top of the page

  10. Click on the Download option that meets your needs
  11. Install the latest drivers for the graphics card. For detailed instructions on how to install the latest graphics drivers, refer to:
    1. Article GPU-33 for a Windows 7 based system
    2. Article GPU-1 for a Windows Vista based system
    3. Article GPU-2 for a Windows XP / Windows 2000 based system

Note! Instructional videos are provided at the bottom of AMD’s Graphics Drivers & Software page to help get the system operating effectively by minimizing issues that can occur from improper installation.

Applicable Products:
This article applies to the following configuration(s):

  • ATI All-in-Wonder™ series of products
  • ATI FireGL™ series of products
  • ATI FirePro™ series of products
  • ATI FireMV™ series of products
  • ATI Radeon™ series of product
  • ATI TV Wonder™ series of products
  • ATI Integrated Graphics Chipsets

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